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Pass offers free or discounted golf at 250+ Iowa courses


December 7th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

It’s not golf weather in Iowa and most courses are closed for the season, but many lovers of the sport may already be thinking ahead to next spring and the Iowa P-G-A Golf Pass which went on sale this week. Thomas Hutton, executive director of the Iowa P-G-A, says the pass — which benefits the American Cancer Society — offers free or big discounts at many dozens of golf courses across Iowa and western Illinois during 2018.  “It’s a great way for people that want to find a great deal and play a lot of different golf courses throughout the golf season,” Hutton says. “With over 250 facilities in it, we have golf courses in all parts of Iowa, so no matter where you live, you can definitely find a nice opportunity to play.”

By purchasing the golf pass, Hutton says Iowa golfers can potentially save thousands of dollars on green fees, cart rentals, range balls, merchandise, and golf lessons. “If you buy the book and use it one or two times, you get your money back,” Hutton says. “It’s a great value for the customer and it’s a great opportunity to play lots of golf.” Two versions of the pass are available, one that’s printed and another that you can access from your smartphone. “The hardcopy book is $45 and the electronic version is $40 but we are constantly running promotions for $10 off,” Hutton says. “Simply enter the code when you’re purchasing the book and you’ll get $10 off. The hardcopy’s $35 and the electronic copy goes down to $30.”

Fifteen-percent of every purchase goes to the American Cancer Society to help support the programs and services offered across Iowa, including rides to treatment, lodging when traveling for treatment and ongoing research. In the past five years, Hutton says Golf Pass sales have generated more than 85-thousand dollars for the charity.
Fore more info.: www.iowapgagolfpass.com

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Midwest Sports Headlines: 12/7/17


December 7th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Makenzie Meyer scored 18 points and Iowa hung on beat Iowa State 61-55, its first win at Hilton Coliseum in 28 years. Star Megan Gustafson added 16 with 14 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (9-1), who became just the second road team to win in 17 tries in this series.

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Triston Simpson matched his career high with 18 points, Trey Burch-Manning added 17 points and nine rebounds and South Dakota took over in the second half to defeat Drake 93-65. Tyler Hagedorn added 16 points and Matt Mooney added 14 for the Coyotes (8-3), who outscored the Bulldogs (4-4) by 24 in the second half.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs have suspended Marcus Peters for Sunday’s game against Oakland after the volatile young cornerback’s embarrassing tantrum during a last-minute loss to the Jets last weekend. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Peters would not practice with the team as it prepares to face the Raiders in a crucial showdown between teams tied atop the AFC West.

UNDATED (AP) — Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon has been accused of sexual harassment by an assistant for his sports marketing firm, according to a lawsuit filed in California. The civil lawsuit was filed in Orange County Superior Court. According to court documents, Wendy Haskell alleges Moon made “unwanted and unsolicited” sexual advances as part of her role as Moon’s assistant working for Sports 1 Marketing

IHSBCA set to celebrate 50 years of baseball


December 6th, 2017 by Chris Parks

50th anniversary celebration set for January 19-20, 2018 in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – December 5, 2017 – 2018 marks a major milestone for the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association (IHSBCA) as the organization will celebrate its 50th anniversary

As part of the celebration, the IHSBCA will host its 50th Annual Baseball Coaches Clinic and Hall of Fame Banquet. Events will be held in Cedar Rapids at the Marriott Hotel on January 19-20th.

“We are excited about the 50th Annual Clinic and Hall of Fame Banquet,” said Lee Toole, IHSBCA executive director and long-time head baseball coach at Lewis Central. “Our teams are finalizing plans and have put together a tremendous line-up of speakers for the weekend. In addition, we have activities planned to honor the IHSBCA’s fifty years of promoting baseball in Iowa and across the Midwest. Expect a fun-filled weekend packed with great information that can be used by coaches and umpires to enhance the play of baseball in Iowa.”

Coaches and umpires can register for the Clinic and Hall of Fame Banquet by visiting www.ihsbca.net. Additional information on hotel accommodations and the clinic are also on the site.

The Hall of Fame Banquet will conclude the weekend of events on Saturday evening. All former Hall of Fame members are invited to attend the banquet and can register online at www.ihsbca.net. During the banquet, the IHSBCA will induct six into the 2018 Hall of Fame Class. The new inductees include:

John Bartolo – Algona                         Marty Kurth – LeMars                          Wes Obermueller – Vinton

Tom Owen – North Polk                       Emory Stewart – Oskaloosa                 Jim Struve- Vinton

“We have a great 2018 Hall of Fame Class to be inducted and the banquet will be one of the many highlights of the weekend,” added Toole. “The banquet will honor our organization’s rich history and tradition over the past fifty years as we stay focused on providing additional opportunities to grow the game of baseball across Iowa and the Midwest. While the weekend honors our past, it is also a chance to come together to share our passion for the future.”

In addition to Coaches Clinic and Hall of Fame Banquet, the IHSBCA has several other events planned as part of its 50th year anniversary celebration. In August 2018, the IHSBCA will host its annual Junior Showcase and Senior All-Star Series. The events will highlight the fifty years of IHSBCA tradition and history. In addition, the 2018 IHSBCA All-State Baseball Teams will be selected.

Additional information on the IHSBCA’s 2018 events and activities is available at www.iowahsbca.net.

About the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association

The Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association (IHSBCA) is a statewide organization promoting the growth of baseball by providing educational opportunities for Iowa’s baseball coaches and umpires. The organization, founded in 1968, has more than 400 members representing all levels of baseball. The IHSBCA seeks to develop the skills of coaches and umpires to be utilized in teaching the game of baseball to student-athletes. For more information on the IHSBCA or to become a member, please visit iowahsbca.net.

Iowa Shrine Bowl announces date and details


December 6th, 2017 by Chris Parks

The 2018 Iowa Shrine All-Star Football Classic has been set for a game date of July 21, 2018 at the UNI-Dome in Cedar falls with a 4:00pm kickoff. The South Head Coach will be Urbandale’s Sam Anderson and the North Head Coach will be Doug Winkowitsch of West Delaware.

46 players have been selected by the coaches for each squad. The selections are made from nominations from coaches around the state.

The 2018 game will be the 46th annual. The game has raised over $2,600,000 for the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

See the full press release here: IowaShrineBowl

IA DNR continues to collect deer tissue samples for CWD testing

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

December 6th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is continueing to collect deer tissue samples from willing hunters as part of its effort to monitor for and track the presence of chronic wasting disease. The agency reports their wildlife staff has a goal of collecting 5,465 samples. The bulk of Iowa’s deer harvest occurs during the two shotgun seasons which provide an opportunity to collect a significant number of tissue samples. Most samples are obtained by wildlife staff, checking with hunters in the field or at home processing points. Terry Haindfield, wildlife biologist with the Iowa DNR leading the CWD collection effort. says “We’ve had really good cooperation from our hunters so our focus now is collecting samples from some pretty specific areas within our target counties in order to reach our quotas.”

He said the DNR is looking for samples from deer harvested from each county along the Missouri River. “Hunters willing to provide a sample should call their local wildlife biologist to see if the county or area where the deer was taken has filled its quota or is still in need of a sample,” he said. The DNR lists the cell phone numbers for its wildlife biologists on p. 45 of the hunting regulations. Hunters from the targeted areas needing additional help making contact to provide a sample can call Haindfield at 563-380-3422.

Additional testing is been conducted in Pottawattamie County, following positive tests from captive facilities.  The disease has been found in every state around Iowa. Since testing began in 2002, more than 62,500 tissue samples have been collected and tested looking for the presence of CWD in Iowa’s wild deer herd.

CWD is a neurological disease belonging to the family of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) or prion diseases.  It attacks the brain of infected deer and elk causing the animals to lose weight, display abnormal behavior, lose body functions and die. It is always fatal to the infected animal. The disease first appeared in Iowa’s wild deer herd in 2013 and each year since, the DNR has placed extra emphasis to find the extent to which disease is in the area, and to help slow the spread by removing additional adult deer from the local population.

The Iowa DNR has more information about CWD and other infectious disease online at www.iowadnr.gov/cwd.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 12/6/2017

Podcasts, Sports

December 6th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast w/Jim Field. **There was no 7:05-a.m. NEWS PODCAST due a technical issue** (the program aired, it just wasn’t recorded for the podcast)


High school wrestling scoreboard 12/05/2017


December 5th, 2017 by Chris Parks

Quad @ Atlantic

Creston O-M 36, Atlantic/CAM 30
Creston O-M 48, Red Oak 30
Creston O-M def AHSTW
Atlantic/CAM 46, AHSTW 32
Atlantic/CAM 51, Red Oak 30
AHSTW 51, Red Oak 19

@ Kuemper Catholic

Kuemper Catholic 50, Treynor 26
Kuemper Catholic 54, Griswold 18
Shenandoah 45, Griswold 18
Shenandoah 39, Kuemper Catholic 35
Treynor 40, Shenandoah 39
Treynor 54, Griswold 30

@ Denison-Schleswig

Lewis Central 64, Clarinda 15
Lewis Central 74, Denison-Schleswig 6
Denison-Schleswig 58, Clarinda 21

@ Thomas Jefferson

Missouri Valley 51, Logan-Magnolia 17
Missouri Valley 45, Thomas Jefferson 23
Missouri Valley 84, West Harrison 0
Logan-Magnolia 39, Thomas Jefferson 30
Logan-Magnolia 81, West Harrison 0
Thomas Jefferson 64, West Harrison 6

@ St. Albert

Glenwood 43, Harlan 29
Glenwood 78, St. Albert 6
Harlan 57, St. Albert 6

@ Underwood

Underwood 42, Creighton Prep 36
Underwood 53, Omaha Westside 24

High school basketball scoreboard 12/05/2017


December 5th, 2017 by Chris Parks


Hawkeye Ten Conference

Red Oak 68, Atlantic 38,
Creston 72, Shenandoah 35
Denison-Schleswig 55, Carroll 40
Lewis Central 66, Glenwood 36

Western Iowa Conference

AHSTW 58, Tri-Center 41
Griswold 45, Riverside 31
Logan-Magnolia 58, IKM-Manning 48
Missouri Valley 46, Audubon 21
Treynor 67, Underwood 42

Rolling Valley Conference

Ar-We-Va 41, Coon Rapids-Bayard 36
Boyer Valley 55, CAM 47
Exira/EHK 60, Glidden-Ralston 31
West Harrison 45, Woodbine 38

Pride of Iowa Conference

Central Decatur 62, Southeast Warren 25
Mount Ayr 52, Bedford 21
Nodaway Valley 44, East Union 25
Pleasantville 41, Interstate 35, Truro 29
Southwest Valley 67, Lenox 38

Corner Conference

Fremont-Mills 28, East Mills 22
Sidney 82, South Page 24
Stanton 44, Heartland Christian 28

Missouri River Conference

Abraham Lincoln 51, Thomas Jefferson 47

Bluegrass Conference

Diagonal 59, Orient-Macksburg 20
Murray 62, Mormon Trail 38


Hawkeye Ten Conference

Carroll 73, Denison-Schleswig 59
Creston 39, Shenandoah 36
Glenwood 70, Lewis Central 50
Harlan 72, Blair 70

Western Iowa Conference

Audubon 50, Missouri Valley 39
IKM-Manning 57, Logan-Magnolia 51
Riverside 49, Griswold 46
Treynor 64, Underwood 38
Tri-Center 61, AHSTW 43

Rolling Valley Conference

Ar-We-Va 63, Coon Rapids-Bayard 51
Boyer Valley 80, CAM 56
Glidden-Ralston 58, Exira/EHK 55
Woodbine 63, West Harrison 51

Pride of Iowa Conference

Bedford 53, Mount Ayr 41
Central Decatur 49, Southeast Warren 14
Martensdale-St. Marys 90, Wayne 54
Nodaway Valley 65, East Union 34
Pleasantville 44, Interstate 35 38

Corner Conference

Fremont-Mills 47, East Mills 37
Stanton 96, Heartland Christian 43

Missouri River Conference

Abraham Lincoln 60, Thomas Jefferson 30

Bluegrass Conference

Diagonal 65, Orient-Macksburg 22
Mormon Trail 66, Murray 38

Red Oak wins sloppy game over Atlantic girls Tuesday


December 5th, 2017 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak girls basketball team won a sloppy game over the Atlantic Trojans on Tuesday night in Red Oak 68-38. Turnovers were the name of the game early as each team struggled taking care of the basketball. The Trojans had 19 turnovers in the first half and finished with 29 giveaways on the night. Red Oak finished with 24 turnovers on the night. Sierra Athen was one of the few bright spots in the first half as she dropped in 22 points to lead Red Oak to a 35-14 halftime lead.

The Tigers would push their lead out to 33 by the end of the third quarter. Athen finished with 28 points to lead all scorers on the night. Red Oak improved to 1-1 on the season.

Atlantic was led by 11 points from Baylee Newell. The Trojans fall to 1-3 and will return home to host Creston on Friday night. That game will be part of a varsity doubleheader and we’ll have it on KJAN. Pregame before the girls game will begin at 5:50pm with tip-off at 6:00pm.

Mikolas returns from Japan, agrees to $15.5M deal with Cards


December 5th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Right-hander Mike Mikolas is returning from Japan, agreeing to a $15.5 million, two-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. The 29-year-old’s agreement was announced Tuesday. He bolsters a Cardinals’ rotation that could lose Lance Lynn, who became a free agent.

Mikolas spent the last three seasons with the Central League’s Yomiuri Giants, going 31-13 with a 2.18 ERA in 62 starts. He was 14-8 this year, setting career highs for innings (188) and strikeouts (187) while walking 23. Selected on the seventh round of the 2009 amateur draft by San Diego, he was 4-6 with a 5.32 ERA in 37 games for the Padres and Texas from 2012-14. He was 2-5 with a 6.44 ERA for the Rangers in 2014, making 10 starts.